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All Posts in Category: dog and animal attacks


Avoid Giving These Dogs as Christmas Gifts

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 19 Dec, 2016
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It is rarely a good idea to give a pet as a Christmas gift. That said, the pet may be for your own family or for someone you know wants one. If you will be giving a pet as a gift this year, especially a dog, there are some that are best avoided. While it can be difficult to get a room full of experts to agree on which breeds are the most aggressive or have the highest levels of energy, there are some dog breeds that are known to be generally disagreeable or overly-hyper as a breed, especially around children.

Any person who is interested in adding a puppy to their family is urged to do their research. Here are some… Read More


The Dogs That Bite Most Often

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 24 Feb, 2016

To be very clear, any dog can bite. Any dog will bite under a set of circumstances specific to that animal. Whether out of true aggression, fear or health maladies, an animal will do what it deems appropriate to defend itself or others.

Dogs are one of the most popular, if not the most popular, pets in the country. Millions of dogs enjoy lavish lifestyles in homes with their humans. People choose the dog they will bring into their home for a variety of reasons. Some people choose a dog based on looks, others choose their dog based on size. What many people fail to consider is a breed’s propensity… Read More


Dog Attack Leads to Amputation

Posted by Mary Lightman on 02 Aug, 2015

downloadA North Charleston woman has lost her arm after her husband’s pit bull attacked her last weekend.

Mahmoud Rizk, 30, says he raised his dog, Tiger from a puppy and has had the dog for three years. Tiger was euthanized Monday by the Charleston Animal Society after Rizk voluntarily surrendered him.

It is believed that the dog was injured earlier in the day when he was out on the golf course and got cut. It is believed that Katherine Rizk pressed on the wound accidentally while petting him and the dog attacked while she was alone in their Westcott Plantation home.

Officers responded just after 10 p.m. … Read More


Don’t Get Bit (Dog Bite Prevention Week May 17-23)

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 13 May, 2015

You only need to perform a basic Internet search to come across lists of dogs that are more likely to bite than others. You can discover the most vicious breeds and those that are the friendliest. You can learn how to read canine body language, and you can find out what to do if you are bitten.

But do you know how to avoid being bitten altogether? While some bites may be inevitable, there are situations that people put themselves in without realizing the mistake in their behavior. When you observe any of these scenarios, keep your hands off of the dog, especially if it doesn’t belong to you:

The dog is Read More


Camel Escapes and Attacks People and Property

Posted by Mary Lightman on 14 Feb, 2014

Neil and Kathy CareyA camel that was being kept illegally has been captured after running free for more than an hour in southern California.

Fire officials say the animal escaped its pen on Friday in Acton, CA.

Before the wayward animal was caught, it knocked a man to the ground. The injuries were enough to send the man to the hospital with a gash in his head. The camel also damaged a nearby vehicle.

Authorities have managed to recapture the animal. It’s uncertain if the owner will face charges regarding the incident.

No matter if the pet is a dog, a cat, a goldfish or other animal, almost every owner of a pet knows that… Read More


Charleston Animal Control Officers Looking For Dangerous Dog

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 21 Oct, 2011

DogEarly this week your Charleston lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC (located at 250 Mathis Ferry Rd. in Mt. Pleasant) heard of a story involving a dangerous pit bull on Daniel Island. According to the Post and Courier, a couple driving along River Landing Drive when a dog appeared out of nowhere, bolting in front of their car. The couple, with best intentions in mind, stopped their vehicle and tried to approach the dog, thinking the animal may be a beloved pet of a family on the island. But, apparently, the dog, which looked to be a pit bull, did not appreciate the gesture and proceeded to launch a “vicious… Read More


North Charleston On the Job Injury Lawyers Recognize National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 17 May, 2011

Dog BarkingIn conjunction with health and animal organizations, the United States Postal Service is dedicating this week (May 15 to 21) to Dog Bite Prevention. 4.5 million people are attacked by dogs annually, with children, the elderly, and mail carriers being the groups most likely to be bitten, in that order.

Considering this, the Charleston dog bite attorneys want to share some the dog bite prevention tips the U.S. Postal Service has for those susceptible to dog bites and dog owners.

In 2010, more than 5,700 postal employees were attacked by dogs, with the most common scenario of dog bite happening when… Read More


North Charleston Police Officer Attacked By Dog, Forced to Use Force To Curb Attack

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 21 Feb, 2011

Not only do South Carolina personal injury lawyers know the danger an angry dog can pose to people, but also a North Charleston police officer. Last week, while in pursuit of a man who shoved him, the officer came into contact with a pit bull who was not pleased to see him. After following the suspect over a fence and into a yard, the pit bull attacked the officer forcing him to fire his weapon at the dangerous animal to prevent a potentially serious on the job injury.

The shot fired by the officer grazed the attacking animal’s ear giving the officer the opportunity to get away safely with only minor… Read More


11-Year-Old Boy Mauled by Great Dane

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 10 Nov, 2009

South Carolina dog bite lawyers know that large, violent dogs are often capable of harming people, especially young children. You are protected under the law in these kinds of attacks, and the dog owner is legally liable for injuries caused by their dog. In some cases, if you are a victim of a dog bite you can recover compensation from a person whose negligence caused the attack or a person who violated a leash law, a trespass law applicable to dogs, or any other dog safety laws. Just recently, an 11-year-old boy was attacked by a Great Dane while at a dog walk in Oklahoma. According to police, Troy Helms… Read More